Bridges Health CEO Carolyn Romero: Huge Shift Coming to Hospice Landscape

Earlier this week, Bridges Health Services merged with Las Vegas-based home health and hospice companies Gentlecare Home Health and Renaissance Hospice and Los Angeles-based home health and hospice companies Supreme Healthcare Inc. and Supreme Hospice Inc. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Bridges Health Services has been in standing for more than a decade with a national […]

Gary Winzelberg: Education Key to Hospice and Palliative Workforce Shortages

Gary Winzelberg, M.D., is director of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill’s Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program and associate professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine of the UNC School of Medicine. Board certified in hospice and palliative, geriatric and internal medicine, his teaching focuses on improving providers’ serious illness communication […]

ProCare Hospice CEO/CMO Clevis Parker: COVID-19 is a Whirlwind

Well-known in the hospice field, Clevis Parker, M.D., chief medical officer of ProCare Hospice in Nevada, was recently named CEO of that organization. In addition to leading the organization, Parker will continue to also serve as chief medical officer. Parker came to ProCare last year after serving as chief medical officer for Nathan Adelson Hospice, […]

Health Care Lawyer Nick Jurkowitz: Fraud is a Top Regulatory Concern for Hospices

Nick Jurkowitz, partner at California-based Fenton Law Group, represents and advises hospices and other health care providers on litigation and regulatory related matters. He has represented providers in all aspects of administrative hearings and investigations, and providers in contract disputes, business torts, insurance fraud cases, employment discrimination cases, unlawful employment termination cases and Medicare and […]

NHPCO’s Annie Acs: Expand Serious Illness Payment Model Nationwide

Annie Acs, director of policy and innovation for National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) recently spoke with Hospice News about the opportunities and challenges for hospice providers navigating towards Primary Care First. Of the payment options that fall under its umbrella, the Serious Illness Population (SIP) model shows potentially the greatest promise for hospice […]

Community Hospice CEO Makes Case for Value-Based Palliative Care

The number of hospice providers that are diversifying their services lines to include palliative care continues to rise. Programs like Medicare Advantage and the Primary Care First initiative, particularly the Serious Illness Population model, present opportunities for further growth as well as improving access and quality of care for patients. Currently, hospices provide about 50% […]

Transitions CEO: Medicare Advantage Could Slow Private Equity Interest in Hospice

CEO Jim Palazzo founded Transitions Hospice in 2007 as a portfolio company within the Transitions Group — which also holds skilled nursing, home health, medical equipment and therapy assets.  He became interested in health care during his college years while working as a caregiver for a friend’s 87-year-old grandfather three nights a week and began […]

Chief Medical Officer Eric Bush: Hospice Can Gain Through Primary Care First Direct Contracting

Eric Bush, M.D., is a board-certified hospice and palliative medicine physician, joining Hospice of the Chesapeake as chief medical officer in 2016. In this role, Bush provides strategic and leadership direction to the medical staff, which includes physicians and nurse practitioners. Having served first as a licensed practical nurse in the U.S. Army Reserve, a […]

Paul Chiang, Physician and Family Caregiver Finds Balance During Pandemic

Paul Chiang, M.D., is a senior medical and practice advisor at the Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI) and medical director for a suburban Chicago practice, Northwestern Medicine HomeCare Physicians (HCP). Chiang has focused on delivering care to medically complex patients in the home, including those on hospice and palliative care. In addition to these professional […]